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MM 3.1: Maryland men’s and women’s lacrosse players earn weekly honors

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Photo courtesy of Erin Tudryn/Maryland Athletics

By Andrew McBride

Both Maryland men’s and women’s lacrosse were represented well this week, as Big Ten awards were given to two players from each team.

On the men’s side, goalie Brian Ruppel and defenseman Brett Makar were named Big Ten Specialist and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

Ruppel, a freshman, was a brick wall in net while logging his first real time between the poles, allowing only five goals on 38 shots (73%) with 14 saves along the way. Ruppel stepped in after senior goalkeeper Logan McNaney limped off the field against Loyola (Md.), and transfer Teddy Dolan struggled in his start against Syracuse. Ruppel’s 14 saves were the most in a Maryland freshman’s first start since 1993.

Makar helped Ruppel out on the defensive end, collecting six ground balls and creating four turnovers throughout the game. Earning his third career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor, Makar has been a huge piece for Maryland’s stout defense.

Shifting to the women, midfielder Shaylan Ahearn was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Week while attacker Libby May was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and the IWLCA Co-Offensive National Player of the Week.

Ahearn, a senior, came up with two goals, six ground balls and 20 draw controls in two games — wins over No. 7 Florida and Drexel. The midfielder came up huge for Maryland, especially against Florida, when her draw control led to the game-sealing goal to settle the game.

Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the ball, May racked up a jaw-dropping 12 goals on 21 shots in the same two games, scoring six in each. This is May’s second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, and she looks to continue rising up from fourth on the Big Ten leaderboard for goals this season.

Both teams have tough weeks ahead of them, as the women take on two more ranked opponents in No. 12 James Madison and No. 9 Denver, while the men prepare for their matchup with No. 2 Notre Dame on Saturday.

In other news

No. 21 Maryland men’s basketball faces Ohio State tonight in its penultimate regular-season game. Read Ben Dickson’s preview.

Maryland women’s basketball’s Diamond Miller, Shyanne Sellers, Abby Meyers and Faith Masonius were all honored by the Big Ten Tuesday. Catch up with Andrew Chodes’ write-up.

Jon Iacovacci recapped No. 18 Maryland baseball’s 8-3 win over Delaware.

Ryan Alonardo previewed today’s big matchup between No. 5 Maryland women’s lacrosse and No. 12 James Madison.

Maryland men’s basketball looked back on Sunday’s victory against Northwestern, which clinched a perfect Big Ten home season.

Incoming Maryland men’s basketball freshman DeShawn Harris-Smith was named the WCAC Player of the Year.

Donta Scott was featured in a new episode of “The Journey.”

Maryland men’s basketball’s seniors got their spotlight in the “Maryland Pride” video against Northwestern.

Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley was tabbed as one of the most influential Black figures in college football.

Maryland women’s basketball shared a new episode of “Under the Shell.”

Maryland softball gave a behind-the-scenes look of its trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.